The Swingin’ Door Exchange inhabits a red-awninged space under one of the city’s most majestic venues, the Grain Exchange Room. The dig’s first incarnation as a bar – called the Exchange Tavern – began in the 1930s. The owner of the neighboring barbershop took over the place in ’67, renaming it the Swingin’ Door. Nowadays, the Door still gets its patty melt and Friday fish fry on, but it’s rolling with the times – packing in a hodgepodge of the hungry, from bike couriers to number-crunchers. Read more…
For a fun and casual night out for seafood, Barnacle Buds has everything to satisfy your taste buds. Try one of their legendary crab cakes, almost any kind of seafood and one of their scrumptious sandwiches or salads. While chowing down on their delicious options, try one of their summery cocktails or come on a weekend for build your own Bloody Mary Bar.
Belgian beers are No. 1-voted Café Hollander’s claim to fame, but the restaurant’s brew menu is 15 pages long, and is organized by beer style.
Other Locations: Café Hollander – Tosa Village
Thirty-foot ceilings and rustic red, blue and beige walls create a pretty amazing feel inside the bar, and the airy pub has room for plenty of beer drinkers. The beer list is solid. Pabst is on tap, of course, and is joined by 12 Wisconsin beers (New Glarus, Lakefront, etc.). The bottle list includes roughly 40 options, and if you feel like slumming it, you can order a can of Old Milwaukee.
It feels like a standard neighborhood watering hole, but the massive bank of 30 taps behind the bar sets it apart. The selection includes standards from New Glarus and Lakefront, as well as oddities like Old Heathen bourbon barrel aged stout.
The Bay View bar-restaurant greeted 2019 by renovating its interior and expanding the drink menu, including more than 70 bevs on tap. “Global cafe fare” is still the menu focus, but they’re also introducing a snacks menu and large-format platters Examples are various loaded frites with curry ketchup, mayo and diced raw onions; or levantine meat, melted Gouda cheese, dressed greens, sambal and garlic sauce). Read more…